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The Power of Bike Lanes

March 23rd, 2011

In response to a comment that referred to New York City’s bike lanes as “homegrown terrorism,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson put out a memo that highlighted just how much good bike lanes are doing for the city, and how having a citywide policy that promotes bikes also promotes safety:

  • Bike lanes improve safety. Though cycling in the city has more than doubled in the last four years, the number of fatal cycling crashes and serious injuries has declined due to the safer bike network.
  • When protected bike lanes are installed, injury crashes for all road users (drivers, pedestrians, cyclists), typically drop by 40 percent and by more than 50 percent in some locations.
  • From 2001 through 2005, four pedestrians were killed in bike-pedestrian accidents. From 2006 through 2010, while cycling in the city doubled, three pedestrians were killed in bike-pedestrian accidents.

Read the full memo here.

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

Image: Spencer T.

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